Artists who should be more popular

We pretty much all have a list of singers and artists that we think deserve to be more popular, because they’re too awesome to be as unnoticed as they are, they have much better music than what is popular or even if it’s just so we can say we knew them before they hit it big. The following is a shortlist of some acts who have been around for a while that have yet to really break out – but deserve to.

Sia

Sia (from thenewgay.com)

Sia
The voice of many of Zero 7‘s songs including their Garden State contribution In The Waiting Line, Sia’s solo career has gone relatively unnoticed other than Breathe Me, made popular in part due to its inclusion in a Six Feet Under episode in 2005. This year, her voice was lent to two high profile pop acts, Flo Rida and David Guetta where both collaborations became Top 5 hits. If she has an album coming out soon, the buzz is there that 2013 should be her year.
Best known for: Wild Ones with Flo Rida.

Robyn

Robyn (from muchmusic.com)

Robyn
Robyn has had her time as a teen-pop sensation back in the late 90s. Though later eclipsed by singers like Britney Spears, Robyn went underground and re-emerged with a new sound and vastly different image. While she has gotten a lot of attention with her most recent records, it hasn’t resulted in the same level of popularity she had the first time around. A Grammy nomination and songwriting collaborations with Max Martin have only begun to chip away at what she’s been up to. With her ambitious Body Talk trio of albums, Robyn should be the prime example of current pop music.
Best known for: Dancing On My Own – because the connection between 90s Robyn and present-day Robyn isn’t often made right away.

Serena Ryder

Serena Ryder (photo by me)

Serena Ryder
Serena has been touring back and forth Canada for the better part of five years or more. Even though her last full-length studio record came out in 2008, she’s been able to maintain a presence with live recordings, tours, and a duet with Melissa Etheridge. Her powerful vocals and blend of pop, folk and rock plus her bubbly yet humble personality are deserving of the spotlight. She’s had a few radio hits at home in Canada but so far has yet to experience the explosive success that is rightfully hers. A new record is just around the corner for Serena that should make her a household name.
Best known for: Weak In The Knees

Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara (from stereogum.com)

Tegan and Sara
Tegan and Sara have had a cult following for over a decade. In that time, they’ve had one of their songs covered by the White Stripes, worked with some big named producers like Tiësto and a recent collaboration with David Guetta on the re-release of his latest hit record and have had their songs featured in countless television shows. Despite this, they are really only known in certain circles. Unlike most artists who have been around for more than ten years, Tegan and Sara should be the verge of a mainstream breakthrough thanks to their ongoing touring, opening for acts like the Black Keys and the Killers, plus the numerous festival appearances they’ve made.
Best known for: Feel It In My Bones with Tiësto

Brandi Carlile

Brandi Carlile (from avllive.com)

Brandi Carlile
Brandi should be at the heart of every American singer/songwriter discussion. Despite only being around since 2005, she has since had her albums produced by legendary guys like T-Bone Burnett (on The Story), Rick Rubin (on Give Up The Ghost) and Trina Shoemaker (on Bear Creek). She’s friends with folk icons the Indigo Girls and had THE Elton John guest on third album. Yet, the most exposure she’s gotten was in a General Motors commercial in 2008. Her fourth record came out this past summer and should lead to more exposure for her.
Best known for: The Story

Dragonette

Dragonette (from andpop.com)

Dragonette
Dragonette formed in 2005 with singer Martina Sorbara and producer/husband Dan Kurtz. Martina, having been a folk singer/songwriter prior to forming this electro-pop band is the sassy face for the group whose third record comes out this month. Full of personality, all Dragonette really need is some air time to show themselves off. Fans already know this, thanks to their personable contests and interaction with the band online. They’ve built their image from the ground up, worked with some of electronic’s biggest names including the Basement Jaxx and co-wrote a song for Cyndi Lauper‘s last record, plus had an international hit with Martin Solveig on last year’s Hello. Now it’s just a matter of being found.
Best known for: Hello with Martin Solveig

2 comments

  • I would say the main reason why artist like this aren’t popular simply because of 1 thing and thats image. To be honest, I know 5 out of 6 but only 3 of them I can put a face to. I don’t even think Sia is in the music video for Wild Ones.

  • Oh, I know and listen to 4 of the 6! I’ll be sure to check out the other two.

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